Senna Proctor made his way to the top of the KICK Start Energy Drink Ginetta Junior Championship driver standings this weekend, taking a race win and runner’s up spot in the process.
Perhaps assisted by a non-finish for championship rival Jamie Caroline in race two, Proctor enjoyed a return to form at the Scottish Circuit which afforded him his maiden Junior win 12 months ago.
Despite looking strong in all practice sessions, Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner Stuart Middleton was pipped to the post for pole position by Caroline. The Quinton Hazell-backed driver’s weekend got even worse as he was forced to retire the car on the green flag lap, handing an almost easy start to the Pirtek liveried car.
Failing to get off the line, Billy Monger was pushed to a place of safety by the marshals, calling for a full course caution before the race could really begin. With two laps complete, the teenagers went racing on lap three with Caroline in control, plus Proctor and Chapman behind.
A spin for the third placed man dropped him to seventh and left him with work to do. This promoted Brown into a podium spot with Zelos close behind. The pair, coupled with the two leaders, went on to enjoy an almost untroubled race.
In the rookie class, Devlin DeFrancesco lead the field in fifth overall with Roberts second and Matthiesen in third. As is expected with the juniors, the pack was once again shook up as Ben Green joined the party.
Moving into second in class, Green came together with Matthiesen to drop the latter well down the order and inherit the class lead in the process. Although he took the top step on the podium, Green was later penalised for the move and put behind Matthiesen in the overall result, handing DeFrancesco the class win from Roberts and Hornby.
In the middle of the pack, there was an incredible scrap between Charlie Fagg, Kyle Hornby, Will Tregurtha, Connor Grady, Frank Bird, Geri Nicosia, Dave Wooder and Seb Perez. The eight-strong gaggle position-swapped all the way to the flag, but a challenge into the hairpin in the closing stages left Fagg stranded in the gravel and called for another safety car.
With the pack bunched up again, it was a one lap sprint to the flag. The top five held firm to take a solid points haul as the day’s events drew to a close.
The win afforded Caroline pole position for race two, but he failed to make the most of his advantage as the lights went out. Bogged down off the line, Proctor swept past Caroline into the lead with Brown close behind.
The pair ran nose to tail for most of the race, with Brown repeatedly having the door shut by Proctor as he tried to sneak his G40 bonnet up the inside in a bit to take his maiden win. Ultimately it was Proctor who held on – albeit after a drag race to the line – with the pair split by 0.088 seconds at the flag.
With the top two up the road, there was a fantastic fight over third in a mini-battle between Zelos, Hadfield and Chapman. The trio ran side by side for much of the 12 lap encounter, with a number of –blink-and-you’ll-miss-it lunges from the teenage racers, but it was ultimately Zelos who held onto the position, with Hadfield remaining behind.
After failing to turn a wheel in anger yesterday, Monger powered from the back of the pack into an impressive sixth place. He was perhaps helped on his way by plenty of action – including spins and grass cutting – by the latter half of the field.
In the rookie class, Matthiesen led from Middleton for much of the race, until a five second penalty for flouting track limits for the Danish driver dropped him behind his rival on the timesheets. The teens now turn their attentions to the next meeting at Rockingham Motor Speedway on 5/6 September.
Provisional KICK Start Energy Drink Ginetta Junior Championship standings after 14 rounds;
1 PROCTOR, Senna 337
2 CAROLINE, Jamie 334
3 ZELOS, Dan 269
4 MONGER, Billy 264
5 BROWN, Lewis 257
6 HADFIELD, Jonathan 232
7 FLOERSCH, Sophia 211
8 MATTHIESEN, Patrik 206
9 MIDDLETON, Stuart 170
10 HORNBY, Kyle 166